Breed education co-ordinators

Georgia Drury © / The Kennel Club

The Kennel Club breed education co-ordinators (known as the BECs) are administrative roles to co-ordinate all points of breed-specific education and support for judges. These co-ordinating roles are held on behalf of the breed clubs in order to support the breed club obligations under the Judges' Education Programme (Breed Shows) for the education and training of judges.

This section contains all the relevant information you'll need to be a breed education co-ordinator.

What is the purpose of a breed education co-ordinator (BEC)?

A breed education co-ordinator (known as the BEC) is an administrative role to co-ordinate all points of breed-specific education and support for judges up to CC awarding level. This co-ordinating role is held on behalf of the breed clubs in order to support the breed clubs’ obligations under the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) for the education and training of judges.

The BEC is, therefore, someone who will work with breed clubs/breed council to assist and monitor level 1–3 judges who wish to progress through the breed-specific judging levels, with the purpose of helping each judge to identify opportunities for them to enhance their knowledge of the breed right through to achieving level 4.

For some breeds that have large numbers of breed clubs, it may be that each breed club might wish to appoint a representative with the sole purpose of liaising with the BEC. This will ensure that all breed clubs are involved as well as creating balance in the distribution of workload. Breeds will develop a model of working that suits them.

The BEC’s role is not intended to remove the responsibility for a judge’s education process from a breed club/breed council. The BEC is a key co-ordinating role on behalf of the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) for the education and training of judges.

Who can be a Kennel Club breed education co-ordinator?
  • Someone with good administration skills, including spreadsheets, reports and a familiarity with computers would be advantageous
  • They do not necessarily need to already award CCs in that breed or actively judge the breed
  • They do not necessarily need to be a current or previous breed club committee member
  • The BEC does not necessarily have to be someone from within the breed, as this is a co-ordination role
  • Someone who is personable and approachable, who will be able to create a good rapport with both judges and members of the relevant breed clubs/councils
Please note: For breeds designated Tier 1 and Tier 2 a BEC may also act as both Mentor and Observer. For breeds in Tiers 3-6 the BEC may only act in one other capacity in addition to the BEC role, either Mentor or Observer.
What are the responsibilities of a Kennel Club breed education co-ordinator (BEC)?
  • To identify the need for educational opportunities
  • To forward plan the breed’s education and training needs to ensure an effective process
  • To assist breed clubs in co-ordinating breed appreciation days
  • To develop the multiple-choice breed standard exams for use at breed appreciation days in line with Kennel Club guidance
  • To arrange the delivery of the multiple-choice breed standard exam to breed clubs/councils hosting breed appreciation days
  • To identify through breed clubs/breed councils and assist in the recruitment of mentors within the breed
  • To facilitate the mentoring process
  • Arrange initial introduction of the mentor to the mentee as and when required, and to monitor the mentoring process
  • To identify through breed clubs/breed councils and assist in the recruitment of observers to observe judges when required
  • To arrange for judges to be observed at the appropriate time/show
  • To assist The Kennel Club with the delivery of breed-specific assessments as required
  • To encourage breed clubs/breed council to actively promote breed supported entry shows
  • To update The Kennel Club with details of all educational activity within the breed, upon request via an annual return form
  • To provide reports to breed clubs/breed councils upon request
  • To collate and maintain records received from breed clubs/councils and judges to give an accurate record of the breed’s education of judges
  • To keep up-to-date, accurate and confidential records of all contacts made and subsequent actions taken
  • Please note: any work/material that is created during the tenure of being the BEC, all copyright is to be assigned to the breed clubs/council commissioning the work
  • To comply with data protection legislation in place (or as amended from time to time) and forward all documentation and personal data held to the relevant breed club(s) as appropriate when the position of BEC is relinquished
Once a BEC is agreed by the club/s, how do I nominate them?

Breed education co-ordinators

Click on the relevant group for your breed below, to find the contact details of your BEC.
Breed Name and email Phone number
Barbet Hilary Male

01903 767582

Bracco Italiano Julie Frost  
Braque D'Auvergne Kate Condron  
Brittany Jenna Cocking  
English Setter Stephen Collier 01257 793426
German Longhaired Pointer Tracy Boyles 07725 126948
German Shorthaired Pointer Marion Waddell 07710 592236
German Wirehaired Pointer Claire Sharp 07824 660257
Gordon Setter Elaine Roberts 01636 893952
Hungarian Vizsla Fiona Wilson 07801 928925
Hungarian Wire Haired Vassal Christine Schofield 01246 418624
Irish Red & White Setter Julien Barney 07875 046762
Irish Setter Richard Bott 01757 611265
Italian Spinone Linda Mayne 01425 474951
Italian Spinone Leanne Challands  

Korthals Griffon

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  

Korthals Griffon

Rachel Spencer

07890 055374

Lagotto Romagnolo Hilary Male

01903 767582

Large Munsterlander Marion Sargent 01530 249904
Pointer Glynis Marsh 07931 800795
Portuguese Pointer Carol Henry 01555 812430
Retriever (Chesapeake Bay) James Newton 07305 811924
Retriever (Curly Coated) Caron Chattwood  
Retriever (Flat Coated) Sandra Stevenson 07703 773195
Retriever (Golden) Penny Gowland 07970 860622
Retriever (Labrador) Karl Gawthorpe 0114 2694089
Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) Tess Newson 07913 923153

Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

Patricia Grime 07836720185

Small Munsterlander

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Spaniel (American Cocker) Kevin Arrowsmith  

Spaniel (American Water)

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Spaniel (Clumber) Ian Layfield 01246 229933
Spaniel (Cocker) Lorraine Palmer 01724 732282
Spaniel (English Springer) Susan Aston  
Spaniel (Field) Jill Holgate 01282 865705
Spaniel (Irish Water) Angie Biggs 01695 623539
Spaniel (Sussex) John Goodwin 07584 494987
Spaniel (Welsh Springer) Pat Butler-Holley 07850 419204
Spanish Water Dog Anthony Allen 01757 611265
Weimaraner Debbie Wallwork 01954 205640































Breed Name and email Phone number
Afghan Hound Susan Rhodes

01233 770618


Richard John Gunn 07877 862911
Basenji David Knights 07904 659311

Basset Bleu De Gascogne

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Basset Fauve De Bretagne    
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand) Claire Cooper  
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit) Claire Cooper  
Basset Hound Aileen Sharpe 01786 880259
Bavarian Mountain Hound Helen Clymer 01543 684299
Beagle Joan Lennard 01283 732377
Black and Tan Coonhound


Estella Saxton


07584 041091

Bloodhound Mary Fish 01462 730450
Borzoi Lorraine Harvey  
Cirneco Dell'Etna Holly Smith 07901 657825
Dachshund (all varieties) Lloyd Cross 01945 440839
Deerhound Sue Finnett

07768 642211

Finnish Spitz Angela Cavill 01225 752551
Foxhound Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  

Grand Bleu De Gascogne

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Greyhound Julie Mackenzie 02083 178218

Griffon Fauve De Bretagne

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Hamiltonstovare Martin Leigh 01754 830478
Ibizan Hound    
Irish Wolfhound Debbie Tebbutt 01248 852387
Norwegian Elkhound Marjory MacGregor  
Otterhound Helen Wayman 01452 721216
Pharaoh Hound Yvonne Ashby 01582 882829
Portuguese Podengo Jeff Horswell 07778636997
Rhodesian Ridgeback Catherine Davis 01536 506799
Saluki John Walton Haddon 01709 731565
Sloughi Kath Clark 01768 885405
Whippet Editha W Newton

01246 467560










Breed Name and email Phone number
Airedale Terrier David Brand 01730 828118
Australian Terrier Felicity Snook 01275 332652
Bedlington Terrier Vivienne Rainsbury 01493 296814
Border Terrier Jayne Gillam 07926 183985
Bull Terrier (both varieties) Graham Hughes 02920 791658
Cairn Terrier Linda Firth 01623 472177
Cesky Terrier Linda Burrage 01702 333053
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Meriel Taylor 01524 419253
Fox Terrier (Smooth)  Neville Rogers 01256 472259
Fox Terrier (Wire)   Rachel Pearce 07788 721082
Glen Of Imaal Terrier Jane Alstead 01253 762221
Irish Terrier Carol Bamsey 01296 713045
Jack Russell Terrier Debra Kay 07739232079
Kerry Blue Terrier Carol Ramsay 07711 522618
Lakeland Terrier Christine Kerrigan 01512 089193
Manchester Terrier Gillian Knight 01226 210842
Norfolk Terrier Cathy Thompson-Morgan 07702 128625
Norwich Terrier Cathy Thompson-Morgan 07702 128625
Parson Russell Terrier Margaret Hooley 01283 703095
Scottish Terrier Alison Kenny Marriott 01204 852934
Sealyham Terrier Lisa Hampson 01617 646678
Skye Terrier Catherine Parker 01942 735537
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Robert Jones 07771 349121
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Helen Reaney 07792 558272
Welsh Terrier Lucy Williams  
West Highland White Terrier    












Breed Name and email Phone number
Affenpinscher Andrew Stewart



07875 879294

Australian Silky Terrier Lisa A Mault

01270 663566

Bichon Frise Maureen Reynolds

01527 517116

Bolognese Jane Towers -
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Marian Mynott 01223 872464
Chihuahua (both coats) Rachel Berrington 01384 358308
Chinese Crested Trevor Loader 01278 691343
Coton De Tulear

Kevin Holley

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) Derfel Owen
Griffon Bruxellois Michelle Swinge 01702 230072 

Andrea Akkad

07525 069870

Italian Greyhound Kelly Wallace 07860 527543
Italian Greyhound Kelly Wallace 0161 343 7591
Japanese Chin Lorraine Gillhespy   0191 3711523
King Charles Spaniel Lorraine Gillhespy   0191 3711523
Lowchen (Little Lion Dog) Ken Morgan-Stanley 01772 432208  
Maltese Andrea Douse 01933 418939
Miniature Pinscher Kat French 0151 5242921
Papillon Ted Whitehill 01592 260872
Pekingese Gary Thomas 01495 750559
Pomeranian Caroline Nixon 01555893564
Pug Dawn Bailley  
Russian Toy Amanda Orchard 01794 512453
Yorkshire Terrier Mark Burns 01614 289494





Breed Name and email Phone number
Akita  Tracy Morgan 01685 844993
Boston Terrier Gerry McCallum  
Bulldog Lorraine Watkins  
Canaan Dog Ellen Minto 01754 811153
Chow Chow Rhys Green


Dalmatian Lesley Suggett 01455 637909
Eurasier Helen Gutteridge

01663 783160

French Bulldog  Sue Worrell 01953 789532
German Spitz Nicky Garbutt 0191 388 4220
Japanese Akita Inu Maureen Thompson 01773 541475
Japanese Shiba Inu Elizabeth Dunhill

01909 486628

Japanese Spitz Deborah Prout 01453 822845
01638 668664
Kooikerhondje Anne Mar-Gerrison 01536 396252
Korean Jindo  
Lhasa Apso Sally Pointon 01775 820398
Miniature Schnauzer Chris Clay   01785 255925
Poodle (all varieties) Carol Harwood
01638 668664
Schnauzer Chris Clay 01785 255925
Shar Pei Susan Butterfield 01977 798387
Shih Tzu Janice McIntyre 01244 657906
Tibetan Spaniel Tina Poyser  
Tibetan Terrier Glenn Davies 01536 762111

Xoloitzcuintle (Mex Hairless) (all varieties)

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Xoloitzcuintle Hannah Wright 07586 652695





Breed Name and email Phone number
Anatolian Shepherd Dog John Field 01205 870027
Australian Cattle Dog Iona Bailey 07967 985756
Australian Shepherd Jacky Cutler 07771 743138
Bearded Collie Angela Pedder


Beauceron Doug Thrower  
Belgian Shepherd Dog   Kathryn Winton  
Bergamasco Stuart Band 01344 884137
Border Collie Tracey Wilkinson 01283 223230
Briard Darren Clarke 01342 716394
Catalan Sheepdog Angie Fieldsend 07762 416812
Collie (Rough) Carole Smedley 01425 672424
Collie (Smooth) Cathy Howard 01406 351496
Estrela Mountain Dog Sally McKinlay  
Finnish Lapphund Sue Bird 01273 492403
German Shepherd Dog M W Robinson 07368 827205

Hungarian Kuvasz

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Hungarian Puli Michael Gilchrist  
Hungarian Pumi Darren Clarke

01342 716394

Komondor Steve Eburne 01455 450542
Lancashire Heeler Jacky Cutler  
Maremma Sheepdog Barbara Gold

01797 369464

Norwegian Buhund Lorraine Bolton

01461 758335

Old English Sheepdog Ann Hodgson 01628 621157
Picardy Sheepdog Clive Pickering  
Polish Lowland Sheepdog Lucy Mottram  
Pyrenean Mountain Dog Marion Sargent 01530 249904
Pyrenean Sheepdog (Long Haired) Vicky Wilford 01775 750500
Pyrenean Sheepdog (Smooth Faced) Vicky Wilford  01775 750500
Shetland Sheepdog Jane Hill 0131 3342391
Shetland Sheepdog Ray Grice 01782 363482
Samoyed Hazel Fitzgibbon 07756 593209

Swedish Lapphund

Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Swedish Vallhund Rosemary Peacock-Jackson 07973 525310
Turkish Kangal Dog
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) Cerys Davies 01792 850399
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) Dianne Goddard

07881 825036

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) Nicola Blance

07751 475887

White Swiss Shepherd

Vicki Dennison

07884 068297





Breed Name and email Phone number
Alaskan Malamute Keith Givens 01623 845095
Bernese Mountain Dog Emily English 07845 470686
Bouvier Des Flandres Cheryl Pierpoint 01255 813037
Boxer Vikki Van-Beck  
Bullmastiff William Brittle

07961 054856

Canadian Eskimo Dog Marion Sargent 01530 249904
Dobermann Nancy Evans 01684 297460
Dogue de Bordeaux Carol Cavanagh 01342 842705
Entlebucher Mountain Dog Lynn Gibbins 01335 360027
German Pinscher Jo Ellis 02380 610890
Giant Schnauzer Chris Clay 01785 255925
Great Dane Sheena Booth

01387 750319

Great Swiss Mountain Dog Sue Parkin-Russell  
Greenland Dog Nicola Singh 01406 331244
Hovawart Craig Hosie 01595 809238
Leonberger Sarah Sevastopulo 01905 452070
Mastiff Amanda Warren

07732 540508

Neapolitan Mastiff Julie Harrison  
Neapolitan Mastiff Kathleen South 07923 447963
Newfoundland Maxine Munday 01945 880975
Portuguese Water Dog Jayne Hopkins 07855 625269
Pyrenean Mastiff Judges Education Programme (The Kennel Club)  
Rottweiler Marie Austen  
Russian Black Terrier Kirsty Forster 03536 976741
Siberian Husky Krystyan Greenland  
St. Bernard Michelle Smee 07853 848387
Tibetan Mastiff Jeffrey Springham